“Sharing across offices was problematic with local filers, and tape for backup has a litany of challenges, but replacing this storage and tape involved a number of moving parts: Central storage, local filers, local backup, and workflow sharing. We evaluated a variety of alternatives but were most impressed by all the benefits of cloud storage. The Panzura Global Cloud Storage System and EMC Atmos cloud storage together provide a seamless, drop-in solution to cover all the moving parts of workflow sharing and tape backup, support our suite of applications, and provided unlimited capacity. We are actively exploring other ways to use this combined solution.” – Doug Caldwell, CIO of exp.
California State University, Northridge
“Our goal was to increase process efficiency and reduce storage footprint for off-site backups by eliminating tape and avoiding use of campus-owned disk for off-site backup storage. We had some initial hesitations about cloud storage, including the cost to get data to the cloud, data security, and controlling capacity. With Panzura’s Global Cloud Storage System, we simply pointed our Symantec NetBackup application to the Panzura Quicksilver Cloud Storage Controller and the cloud became our backup target, while RSA 4096-bit encryption protected our data with us owning the encryption keys. The solution was straightforward to deploy and the deduplication exceeded our expectations.” – Chris Olsen, Sr. Director of Infrastructure Services and ISO at CSUN
“We really struggled with Citrix to provide our distributed users over more than 30 offices with rapid access to files we need to run our business. Panzura allows rapid, secure serving of files to any user regardless of location, seamlessly integrating with the cloud as a very low-cost flexible storage tier that can instantly scale to whatever capacity we need. Users love it.” — Robert Dillard, Associate Vice President of Technology
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
“Our building’s electrical systems were damaged due to flooding from Sandy. Panzura’s Global Cloud Storage System allowed us to create a recovery platform and access our backup data stored in the cloud, which kept us productive until full power and access was restored. In the future, we expect the Panzura Cloud NAS functionality to fully replace a variety of our IT systems, including backup devices and file servers, and enable a seamless path to future organizational growth.” — Chris Donnell, IT Manager
DreamWorks Animation SKG
“HP Cloud Services integrated with the Panzura Global Cloud Storage System will enable DreamWorks to undertake ‘follow-the-sun’ content production through a robust, global network that ties together our distributed teams. In addition, the massively scalable low-cost tier of storage provides a platform for archiving reusable content in a central repository, while offering inherent data protection that eliminates the need for tape backup and stringent disaster-recovery planning.” — Derek Chan, head of Technology Global Operations
“We were looking to replace a file server and get off tape backups for Exchange and other servers. The Quicksilver controller integrated directly into our infrastructure, seamlessly presenting the cloud as a backup storage tier. In addition, the new features of 3.0 were tremendously valuable in meeting our business needs. We are already investigating other use cases for Panzura technology in our infrastructure to facilitate content sharing of 100s of TBs to support our long-term content and archival strategy” — Rob Springer, Senior VP of Technology
“We rely heavily on virtual software demos to show customers the value of our product lifecycle management solution. These demo files are 10-20GB each, posing severe challenges to traditional data distribution methods. With Panzura 3.0, we can leverage a fully-integrated global file system with a full NAS feature set to rapidly distribute large VMDK demo files to sites across the globe. Users are able to modify and save changes without creating conflicts or collisions and the Panzura system automatically synchronizes these files across sites, just as if all users were in one data center sharing files on a local NetApp array. Now the distribution of software demos occurs in minutes instead of days.” — Kyle Hetherington, Principal Systems Analyst
“The Panzura Global Cloud Storage System will enable a high degree of data and file management capability across our organization and will offer file sharing benefits to our end users around the globe without need to use an expensive MPLS network while ensuring we have sufficient data security and performance in the cloud. The improved read/write performance and ability to store recently accessed files on the local Quicksilver appliance will enable us to provide our globally-distributed workforce with virtually unlimited storage capacity and file-sharing capabilities in the cloud, but with the security and reliability of an onsite device.” — George Gindoyan, Executive Director of IT
San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego
“The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, provides cutting-edge cloud services to education and research organizations, offering a wide range of services necessary to meet their missions of advancing knowledge and discovery. The Panzura Global Cloud Storage System gives our customers high-speed, seamless access to our cloud storage while providing the capabilities customers demand from local NAS. This combination offers high-performance, low-cost storage to meet the stringent needs of scientists and academics.” — Ron Joyce, associate director of IT infrastructure and key architect
“Panzura’s completion of FIPS 140-2 validation represents a significant milestone in the development of cloud storage for Federal agencies and contractors,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director at IDC. “As the first cloud-integrated storage platform to meet this requirement, Panzura has broken through a major barrier to gain widespread cloud adoption by security conscious organizations.”
“Panzura is in a position to lead the new market segment of global storage solutions — a segment that IDC expects to grow rapidly in the coming years as buyers aggressively seek to change the ratio of their capex to opex budgets with a fully managed outsourced storage service. CIOs worldwide are looking at ways to avoid increased IT budget and head count by leveraging the cloud for their infrastructure needs.” said Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director at IDC.
Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc.
“For enterprise customers, a viable cloud solution is one that directly enables high-value business objectives, namely improved costs, scale, availability, and truly global access to data, while fitting seamlessly into their existing infrastructure. Panzura Global Cloud Storage System 3.0 brings these ‘NetApp in the sky’ type capabilities to the enterprise, combining the familiarity of enterprise-level NAS with the holy grail of anytime, anywhere file sharing.” — Steve Duplessie
“Panzura has developed a new storage paradigm that could transform data management strategies by putting enterprise NAS capabilities into its cloud onramp appliances. The new features of Panzura 3.0 expand the scalability and performance of the platform and fortify its position as an enterprise on ramp to private and public cloud storage. The rapid growth of unstructured data and the desire to make this content available to a globally-distributed workforce are two major problems for organizations which Panzura’s global deduplication and file locking technologies can potentially address.” — Henry Baltazar
Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc.
“The value proposition for Panzura is both straightforward and compelling; customers get the benefits of the cloud (gaining economy, scale and flexibility) without its downsides (losing control, functionality and performance). While consumers might overlook those downsides, enterprises will not. Panzura offers a route to true enterprise-class cloud storage for collaboration, data protection and active archive; it is based on a globally-distributed file system together with a local controller and cache, and it offers all the sophisticated NAS features (encryption, file locking, snaps, deduplication, etc.) that enterprise users demand, while maintaining levels of performance and protection at or above what business requires.” — Mark Peters
“While very small organizations can use Dropbox or Sugarsync to replicate files between locations, and create a backup copy while they’re at it, those services don’t provide the scale or level of service even a midsize company needs. Panzura is another valuable tool in my storage architect’s toolkit, and I can see myself using it in situations with and without a private cloud back end.” — Howard Marks
“Panzura fills a pressing need in the enterprise, providing high performance global access to data sets regardless of location. This is ideal for workloads that need to be processed by users and teams spread around the world globally. Leveraging the cloud to provide an enterprise sync of large data sets or a true global file system is a much needed solution in the enterprise.” — George Crump and Eric Slack, Senior Analysts
“As far as differentiation goes, take a look at Panzura. The Panzura Controllers are very fast, offering line speeds that match those of public cloud storage networks, and are feature heavy—with built-in support for CIFS, NFS, File Locking, Versioning, Snapshots, Compression, Dedupe, Cache—and the product supposedly works. It’s not a lab experiment that’s not ready for prime time and it’s not a low-end, scalability-challenged box with little more than a cool name going for it.”